A hot spot for wine and food lovers

Cottonwood has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to venture out into the great outdoors to explore our beautiful state parks or ranch life, or looking to visit some of our local historical sites, Cottonwood has it all.

Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, Cottonwood has grown from a small farming community to the Sedona Verde Valley’s population center. Charming Old Town draws visitors with its postcard-worthy Old West atmosphere including nearly three dozen Prohibition-Era buildings. Cottonwood highlights include the Old Town Center for the Arts, the Jail Trail, Pine shadow golf course, and Arizona’s oldest craft distillery, a local brewery and tasting rooms for four local wineries that offer live music on the weekends. Another favorite Cottonwood attraction is the Blazin’ M Ranch Wild West Adventure, a living history experience and chuckwagon dinner show.

The beautiful Verde River runs through Cottonwood, and the town is near the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon area. Nearby recreational areas include Prescott National Forest, Riverfront Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which offers camping and RV facilities, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and 20 acres of lagoons stocked with rainbow trout November through March. The Verde River Greenway State Natural Area is adjacent to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and offers great birdwatching, hiking, fishing and picnicking opportunities and canoe or kayak launch access for the Verde River Paddle Trail.

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Things to Do in Cottonwood


Nowhere else in Arizona will you experience the wide range of activities and experiences you will find in Cottonwood. Our town brings to life the charm of the old west and the conveniences of today.

Places to Stay in Cottonwood


Whether you’re looking for a quaint bed and breakfast, a hotel for a larger group, or a place to park your RV, we have the perfect accommodations for you.

Eat and Drink in Cottonwood


Cottonwood boasts an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind local restaurants and well-known chains. Whether it’s Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, Middle Eastern or American food, you can enjoy it in Cottonwood.

Tours in Cottonwood


Come tour the scenic and historic heart of Cottonwood and make this adventure a treat for the whole family. Cottonwood offers a variety of guided and self-guided tours, the only hard part is choosing!

Shopping in Cottonwood


Shop in historic and beautiful Old Town Cottonwood. There are nearly three dozen stores and galleries in the Prohibition-era buildings along Old Town’s Main Street featuring art, antiques, clothing, furniture, and more.

Events in Cottonwood


No matter what month you’re visiting, something big will be happening in Cottonwood. Activities include the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, Rhythm & Ribs, the Farmer’s Market, and the annual Chocolate Walk.